Passing Salkantay at the crack of dawn
At a height of 6,264m Salkantay stretches majestically into the heavens. His impressive pyramid is covered with eternal ice and snow. Avalanches are common, which is why the Quechuas called this mountain, which is located 30km from the Hospital Diospi Suyana as the crow flies, ”The Wild Mountain“. A narrow path runs across him on its way to Machu Picchu.
It was a French expedition that was the first to enjoy the view from Salkantay’s summit back in 1952. The ascent is dangerous and is only suitable for experienced mountaineers.
Travellers on their way to Cusco come relatively close to this mountain range. A photo just after dawn is a must for anyone who has their camera handy. Most of the Diospi Suyana staff have a whole collection of pictures of this natural beauty on their hard drives.